Embraer shares take off after Bolsonaro approves Boeing merger

The Embraer E195-E2 commercial jet’s first prototype is pictured in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, March 7, 2017. — Reuters pic
The Embraer E195-E2 commercial jet’s first prototype is pictured in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, March 7, 2017. — Reuters pic

SAO PAULO, Jan 11 — The in Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer soared today as markets reacted favourably to the country’s President Jair Bolsonaro approving a merger with us giant Boeing.

The share price jumped 7.43 per cent on the Sao Paulo stock exchange, despite Ibovespa falling 0.28 per cent.

It came a day after Bolsonaro announced he wouldn’t be using his veto powers to block the merger between two of the world’s three biggest aviation companies.

Embraer’s shares had taken a nose dive last week after Bolsonaro had expressed concerns over the deal.



But now the US$5.2 billion deal, which will see Boeing take control of Embraer’s commercial airplane manufacturing business — 80 per cent of its operation — will go ahead.

Embraer will only retain control of its military division.

Yesterday, Bolsonaro had said he was satisfied that “the final proposal preserves (Brazil’s) sovereignty and national interests.”

Embraer was founded as a state group in 1969 before being privatized in 1994, although the Brazilian government retained a “golden share” giving it the right to veto strategic decisions for the company. — AFP

Source: The Malay Mail Online





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